Tag Archive: books

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The Art of the Restaurateur

Posted on February 26th, 2013

As avid restaurant-goers we’ve often wondered just what it is – that magical mix of tasty food, special ambiance and attentive but not overbearing service – that makes a restaurant feel right. This elusive combination is what’s explored in Nicholas Lander’s excellent book The Art of the Restaurateur which focuses not on the chefs … (More →)

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Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

Posted on February 25th, 2013

Although I have never had the pleasure of eating at one of  Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurants I knew immediately when I heard he was publishing his memoir that it would be a must read. Best known as a winner of hit reality show Top Chef Masters and also one of Barack Obama’s favourite chefs, Samuelsson is … (More →)

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Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders

Posted on February 19th, 2013

While it may appear nonsensical to declare that a book released in the first week of January is the best of the year, it seems hard to believe that any other work of fiction will rival George Saunders’ latest effort, Tenth of December, in terms of both narrative innovation and emotional depth. Saunders catapulted … (More →)

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Hollywood Handbook

Posted on February 14th, 2013

While doing research on Los Angeles’ famed Chateau Marmont for the upcoming Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, I came across a book edited by “it” hotelier Andre Balazs published shortly after he assumed control of the property in the early 1990s. The book is packed with photographs of the … (More →)

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London: Portrait of a City

Posted on February 12th, 2013

Samuel Johnson famously said “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. Equally as renowned for its stellar contemporary art scene as its museums bursting with Old Master treasures, storied nightlife, exciting culinary scene and architectural landmarks, London has long been one of our favourite cities and we could not be … (More →)

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Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Posted on February 8th, 2013

I really think one great way to get to know someone is to get a good look at their bookshelf – it’s like peeking into their head and offers a lot of insight into what they are thinking about, interested in, and inspired by. I love asking people who their favourite authors are and books … (More →)

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LA Art Book Fair

Posted on January 31st, 2013

Printed Matter is presenting its first annual LA Art Book Fair with its opening tonight at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA – the event run through the weekend from Feb 1-3. The fair, which is the West Coast answer to Printed Matter’s annual NYC bibliophile gathering is free and open to the public and will … (More →)

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Cut & Shut

Posted on January 25th, 2013

I’ve always been obsessed with the 1980s as it was such a schizophrenic period in cultural history. I pretty much read everything written on the art, design or music of the era so I was thrilled to discover that a book has been recently released that examines the history of Creative Salvage — an important … (More →)